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- Hey, Steve Stine from Guitar Zoom here,

thank you so much for joining me.

Today what I wanna do is talk about

the best way in my opinion,

for you to finally learn how to play

your guitar scales across your entire fret board.

(guitar rock solo)

- Okay, I just had a conversation with a guitar player

and we were talking about scales,

and he was telling me how has an issue with

you know, like, he'll work on you know,

he's working on pentatonic right now.

So he's working on pentatonic and he would develop

certain elements of it and learn a couple positions

and then you know,

he would take some time off and forget em'

and then he would come back and work on em' again

but he really couldn't use them in solos and use them

effectively when you know,

trying to write a solo and things like that.

So, really there's three things I want you to think about

again in my opinion that would help you

in better understanding your approach to not only learning

scales but kind of everything.

But let's use the pentatonic as our example right now.

So what I told him was,

the first thing I always try and let people know is if

you can see it, you can't play it.

Okay, if you can't see something, you can play it.

So if we think about the pentatonic scale,

now for most of us the pentatonic scale

really is five different positions

that cover the entire fret board.

Now you might just be learning one position

or two positions or you might know all five.

But really, when I look down at my fret board,

if I was playing an a minor pentatonic for instance,

I have what is often referred to as the first position,

or first box sitting right here.

( guitar riffing)

Okay, now more so than worrying about playing it right now,

what I want you to understand

is that if you were to look down at your guitar

and actually truly see that position sitting right there,

five eight, five seven, five seven and so on.

Okay, if you could really really see it,

so tomorrow you wake up and you come to your guitar

you grab your guitar,

and you can see that sitting right there.

Then you're ready for the next step

which is actually applying your fingers to the guitar

and practicing this position.

Okay, now that might seem logical but,

and obvious,

but I want you to think about this.

If you were trying to learn three positions on the guitar

or all five positions for instance,

you should be able to take your guitar and look down at it

in lets just say were in a minor pentatonic right?

you should be able to look down at it

and see the entire layout on your fret board,

because if the only way you could play these

is what I refer to as with blinders on,

which is where you play one position

and then you have to move over and play it

and then you have to move over and play the next one,

you're not really able to use them creatively in your solos

because you're learning it through your practice.

Now were gonna get to that in just a second.

What I want you to understand is when you look down

at this guitar in whatever key your practicing in,

whatever scale you're using or caged cording system

or whatever, some sort of element

that moves across the fret board.

You should be able to look down and see it.

Now before I move on,

I want you to also understand this,

I'm not saying you should be able to see it

in seven different keys.

Okay, if you haven't fully developed it in one key,

for instance a minor pentatonic,

don't try and play it in f sharp and b flat and c sharp

and e flat and all different things,

because it just becomes overwhelming

and It becomes very confusing.

Okay, just focus on one key, something useful to you right?

If you play a lot of rock music,

you might play a lot in the g major or e minor or a.

If you play a lot of blues,

you might in a or g or something like that.

If you play country you might play in d a lot or c a lot,

or whatever it might be.

Point is, is trying and learn something that makes sense

to what you're trying to do already.

Okay, practice in a key that makes sense

for what you're trying to do,

so I'm gonna keep going with a minor here.

So if I was to look down

and truly see all five of my positions on the guitar,

or three positions or two positions okay?

Then I can move to step two which is practicing what I see.

So I go to my guitar

and there's lots of different ways to do this but,

what I'm gonna say right now is just,

you just without a metronome or anything

you just start trying to get comfortable,

( guitar riffs)

moving up and down,

this position.

If you're practicing the second position,

again, I can practice the second position,

but I should be able to see both the first

and second positions at the same time

while I'm practicing the second position.

(guitar riffs)

otherwise I shouldn't be working on the second position

if I can't see the first position.

Okay, 'cause its just, its just running around in a circle

like a dog just chasing your tail,

you're not getting anywhere.

Make sure you can absolutely see the first position

before you move into the second position.

Then you start practicing them,

well how do we practice em'?

Well one way is just moving up and down each position,

so we practice position 1.

( guitar riffs)

Just over and over and over and again,

I know I keep talking here but,

don't make the speed of the position the primary focus.

Don't just start going to war with your metronome

for the next six months

just trying to make that pentatonic fast.

There's nothing wrong with that,

but if you're trying to learn your fret board,

that just a deterrent from the bigger picture.

If you wanna learn how to solo,

and you wanna learn how to improvise,

and you wanna learn how to create on your fret board,

its easy to fall into traps where all of a sudden

you're doing something that's kind of related

but it's, it's not really the bigger picture,

and now you're kind of lost again doing something else.

Technique is wonderful and technique is absolutely something

that people should work on,

but what I'm saying is if your focus

is on trying to learn these five positions,

don't get lost in the weeds.

Okay, learn to play this at a comfortable speed

that is useful in standard styles of music right?

( guitar riffs)

I can't answer how fast it needs to be for you,

I'm just saying if all of a sudden all you're doing everyday

is practicing this pentatonic position for three hours

with a Metronome,

your practicing something else,

you're not practicing your fret board anymore.

Okay, then what you do

is you start using this position right here

and you connect it to the second position,

so I start doing this...

(guitar riffs)

and I just start learning how to move

back and forth between these two positions.

Okay, you could do it this way,

heres one way you could do it is,

you saw me just go up and come back down

and whatever works for you.

Okay, another way you could do it is go toward the floor...

(guitar riffs)

when you get to the top,

move over...

(guitar riffs)

and then keep going down this way.

(guitar riffs)

You know that's another thing that you could do

is just practicing back and forth like that.

Just something to develop em' right?

Okay, so you keep doing that to however many positions

you're trying to learn how to play.

None of this should be done in a hurry,

and take your time.

If it's early in the morning

your fingers probably aren't going to work as well

as they do in the afternoon

or after a little bit of practice time.

So again don't just make it into a chops practice,

make it into a confidence practice of what you see

and what you can play.

Okay, so once you've,

you can see what you're trying to play,

whatever scale, whatever cord,

you can practice what you're trying to see,


The next step for me is,

learning what is called meandering

and I've got a couple different videos out

on YouTube that you can watch that talk about meandering.

But basically what you're gonna do is set your metronome

a little bit slower than you normally would and your

practicing these things.

When you're practicing these,

the first thing you do is you just get comfortable

with them, once you get comfortable,

start bringing that Metronome in

and start kind of trying to dial yourself in a little bit

at a particular tempo.

Once you've got that developed,

you start practicing meandering.

Now meandering is taking that Metronome

and setting it a little bit slower

because here's the big difference.

When you're practicing by route,

( guitar riffs)

what you're doing is developing automation.

So you don't have to sit and think about everything.

Okay, when you start meandering,

which ill talk about very briefly in just a second,

cause' there's other videos you can watch,

you're not practicing by automation anymore,

you're actually trying to get creative,

it just doesn't sound overly musical yet.

So with the metronome, you set your metronome,

(snaps fingers rhythmically)

and you start trying to just move...

(guitar riffs)

you know, through the, whatever scale you're using.

So the trick to meandering is,

is you're not allowed to stop, okay.

That's the only rule, okay.

And the other thing is,

is that you should try and continue moving.

Don't just play the same note over and over and over,

but try and move.

And what this does is it really shows you in the real world,

how well you can see and how well you can play

these shapes whatever they are that you're learning.

So meandering is a great tool

before you ever get to the last part

which is creating, improvisation,


Once you can see this and once you can play it

then you can get in there...

(guitar riffs)

and start movin' around however it is you want

with whatever style of music you like,

but it can't happen until you've done these

other elements.

Okay, so again I didn't wanna take too much of your time,

but I just want you to think about that a little bit,

and see if that helps you in understanding a nice path.

Give yourself two or three months of just practicing

something to really fully develop it and absorb the idea,

so it becomes something that you can use

whether your practicing you know again,

in a technical aspect, a visual aspect a creative aspect,

whatever it might be, but you can use it in your playing.

Then maybe switch to another key

or try a different you know,

scale or a different cord system or whatever it might be.

But take your time with it and again to finish this up,

learn it absolutely.

If you can learn something to a level

that you're really confident with,

especially when you get nervous

when you're around other people or playing

in front of an audience or whatever it might be,

usually you're not at a hundred percent at that point.

Usually you know, you're runnin' about seventy percent

of your maximum ability when you get nervous.

Well that seventy percent has gotta be good enough

to do the job.

So, take care, practice hard.

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or any thoughts okay?

So take care, ill talk to you soon.

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